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    Kerry the tire fixing Good Samaratin

    I was out riding today and had just reached my turn around point when I heard a pssst! My rear tire just went flat Now keep in mind I am new to cycling and never actually had a flat. I have about 200 miles on my bike and these are the original tubes. Just before this ride I added a bag under the seat and put in a patch kit with a co2 inflator, I mean I just bought it and added it today! So there I am on the W&OD bike trail about 7 miles from my house. I turn the bike over and begin taking the wheel off when as luck would have it another cyclist by the name of Kerry stops and offers his help. I gladly accept and begin fumbling around with the tire trying to get it off. He quickly takes over and gets it off(it was really tight). I then pull out my patch kit and we determine the leak is a hole next to the stem. I am working on the patch thing and he pulls out another tube and begins installing it! I was in disbelief I could not believe he would be so generous. I was pretty much screwed and he really helped me out of a jam. Then he would not take any thing for the help! Let me tell you I was shocked and in disbelief. Kerry you are the man Thank you! He says just stop and help the next guy you see. You better believe I will. Now off to the bike shop to buy some tubes/levers/co2/small pump and maybe a jersey so I can carry it all.

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    In boating there's an unwritten code that you MUST help a boater in distress. Same thing pretty much applies to cyclists.

    Welcome to the club.

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    Nice aspect of our sport. Whenever I pass anyone that's stopped with a problem, I ask if they have everything they need? That way they can ask for help without it being embarrassing ( if you say do you need help sort of implies they may not know what they're doing.) and I don't butt in where I'm not needed or wanted.

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    Good grief. For a second there I thought we'd need a story about Bush fixing a bike to maintain a balanced approach.

    This was a good story. Any help we get is an invite to pay it forward in my view.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webist
    Any help we get is an invite to pay it forward in my view.
    Well said.

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    Good deal. That's the exact same thing I tell people when I help them out. It's even possible that your Samaritan heard it from me, I've given out far more tubes to others on the W&OD than I've used for myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webist
    Good grief. For a second there I thought we'd need a story about Bush fixing a bike to maintain a balanced approach.
    You never know; maybe we do. Was he riding a Serotta?
    "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ...'holy *****...what a ride!'"

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    lol, it was actually a "LOOK" frame at least. Was a good looking rig.

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    A couple of thoughts:

    First, it is people like that who help make a sport enjoyable.

    Second, do you still have your punctured tube?

    If so, I would recommend patching the tube and then swapping it out for the new tube at home. This way you will get practice both patching a tube and changing a tube. You can also save the other tube as a spare. If you need help figuring out how to patch or change, just post here and we would be more than happy to explain.

    God bless!
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    I will go nemonis one further... be sure to carry a spare tube in the future for either your needs or for the needs of someone you may come across that needs help.

    Also as long as we are discussing self rescue... wrap some duct tape around itself or better yet, a frame pump and carry it. Duct tape can be used to make a temporary tire patch or to hold a loose part in place. Doesn't hurt to carry a couple cable ties either.

    Helps to keep you from "being screwed."

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    I have the tube but the hole is on the base of the stem. It seems like a bad spot. I was thinking about getting a pump but it seems like alot to carry. The CO2 seems like a good alternative. Oh, and I got two new tubes today, one for me and one for the next guy I see who needs one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfend002
    I have the tube but the hole is on the base of the stem. It seems like a bad spot. I was thinking about getting a pump but it seems like alot to carry. The CO2 seems like a good alternative. Oh, and I got two new tubes today, one for me and one for the next guy I see who needs one.
    I've personally never been a fan of CO2. The little cartridges run out... frame pumps never run out of air.

    JMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genec
    I've personally never been a fan of CO2. The little cartridges run out... frame pumps never run out of air.
    Yep, they're expensive and generate waste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genec
    I've personally never been a fan of CO2. The little cartridges run out... frame pumps never run out of air.

    JMHO.
    I agree 100%. If you use CO2, you better carry at least two cartridges. A frame pump is not that bad to carry. I use a Road Morph, and it was used 4 times on a century last weekend between 2 flats on my son's bike, a staple and a blow out on mine. That's at least 4 cartridges. Last year I used it more than that, although none of the flats were on any of our bikes.

    I recommend a patch kit in addition to the spare tubes as well, just in case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OBXBIKR
    In boating there's an unwritten code that you MUST help a boater in distress. Same thing pretty much applies to cyclists.

    Welcome to the club.
    Really? The few times i've had a flat they go by me just as fast as if i were not there and dont say a thing.
    Touch every 3rd person and you'll find an idiot.

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